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Day 11: Lynn Rush

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One of the things I love about the holidays is catching up with the people I love. I caught up with one of my sisters from another mother. We've recently connected after almost twenty years of not seeing each other. Can you imagine? We are more than a decade apart in age, and I remember she used to sneak me into the cinema for movies I was too young to see (well, that was according to the censors board. I was pretty mature for my age! *laughs*) Anyway, now that we've reconnected, it feels like the old days yet much, much better.

This is one of the reasons why I put together the 24 Days of Guest Posts and Giveaways. I wanted a chance to connect with my sisters in writing. Give them a venue to share their stories and connect with readers. The holidays is about the connections we make. This is why it's such a special time of the year.

Let's make the most of this connection and congratulate the newest winner of the giveaways!

Jennifer's fantastic giveaway of an ebook of Streamline has a winner.

Please everyone, put your hands together for:

Ryver M.

*fires confetti cannon*

Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of Streamline. Please expect an email from Jennifer soon. Happy holidays, Ryver!

Those still crossing their fingers for a win, here's a recap of the giveaways still ongoing:

Ebook of Thief of Hope

An autographed paperback copy of Hollywood Holiday

An eBook of Three Daves

A paperback copy of Small Town Girl

Enter now before the giveaways close!

Okay, today, we have the ever energetic Lynn Rush sharing with us the top 5 Christmas presents she's ever gotten. This is a good chance for us to get to know her even better and maybe even get some gift ideas for the holidays. Meaningful gifts always make the most memorable ones.

Take it away, Lynn!

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Hey, everyone. I’m super excited to be here today. I just LOVE Christmas, how ‘bout you guys? I love lots of aspects of Christmas, but the presents…now that’s just plain exciting. The rush of seeing them wrapped and under the tree. Trying to guess what they are. And yes, as kids, PEEKING!

Admit it, you’ve peeked before, right?

There are a few presents I’ve received throughout my life that really stick out to me. Here are my top five:

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#5: Twelve years ago, the family was all cozy inside as the wind and snow howled outside and it was time to open presents. My sister said there were presents that we all had to open at the same time. So, she handed us each one: My mom, me, my mom’s brother, and my grandma. She counted down and then gave us the okay. In my gift box was a frame that had “AUNT” all over it. I was like, wait, I’m not an aunt what…then I jump up. “Wait, are you pregnant?” So, that was a pretty awesome present. The following July my little niece DINA was born!

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#4: My first house! It was actually a Christmas-slash-Birthday present. Me and my hubby had been married a year. He graduated from the University of Iowa Physical Therapy program and started his first job (I was still in grad school) and with that, we bought our first home! What an amazing memory!

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#3: One year my sweet hubby and I decided to try something at the suggestion of our church pastor. The money we would have spent on gifts to our family and one another, we pooled together and gave it away. But the fun part was that on Christmas Eve we just drove down one of the main streets here in our big city and picked random people walking and handed them some cash. We got such mixed responses it was amazing. But the gift to me was being able to bless someone. Maybe at that moment in time they were wondering where they’d get their next meal. Or how to pay a bill. Or whatever. It didn’t matter. 

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#2: When I was fifteen, I was up north at grandma and grandpa’s for the traditional Christmas get together. Way up north in Minnesota meant lots of snow—which I liked back when I was a kid—and tons of great food. And of course presents! There was this HUGE present beneath the tree (Or more to the side!) with my name on it. I just could NOT figure it out. So, needless to say I hurried us all through dinner so I could dive into that big bear. It was an art table. Back in high school and college I dabbled a bit in pencil and charcoal drawings, so this was absolutely perfect! I still have that thing to this day (And I just turned 40!)

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#1: Diamond ring from my sweet hubby. On our TENTH Christmas as a married couple, my sweet hubby surprised me with a diamond ring. A simple band with a few small diamonds on it. We normally don’t exchange big gifts on Christmas, we just exchange little things that we need like workout clothes, or things like that, so when I saw this, I ‘bout fell over.

Thanks for letting me share my favorite Christmas presents. I’d love to hear about yours!


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What wonderful gifts, Lynn! I think I love the handing out cash the best. Such a selfless thing to do. Now more than ever we need this kind of selflessness floating around. The best gift is truly the one where we get to share love and cheer with others. Thank you so much for sharing your top five gifts, Lynn!

Want to get to know Lynn a little more? Check out her author bio:

Driven to write, Lynn Rush often sees her characters by closing her eyes watching their story unfold in her mind. Lynn Rush is a pen name that is a combination of two sources – Lynn, the first name of her mother-in-law, who passed away and Rush – since the author is a former inline speed skater and mountain biker. All of Rush’s books are dedicated to Lynn, her namesake, and a portion of the proceeds benefits cancer research and awareness.

Connect with Lynn online

Catch the Rush™: www.LynnRush.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LynnRushWrites

Twitter: www.twitter.com/LynnRush

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/lynnrushwrites/

Lynn has a new book she wants to share with you all:

Let the Hunt begin...

Pursuing a normal existence by attending college proves difficult for vampire Hunter, Emma Martin, considering the mystical tattoo on her wrist glows whenever Vamps are near. And after three months of silence, the glow is back with a vengeance.

Jake Cunningham witnesses Emma using her powers and reveals a few of his own. Finally, after three years of searching, he realizes his newfound abilities must mean he's a Hunter like Emma.

Thankful not to be alone in the fight against the Vamps, Emma finds hope and comfort in Jake's arms. As she learns more about her new love's family and its dark heritage, she may be forced not only to hunt them, but also to sacrifice her life to save Jake's soul.

Doesn't Violet Midnight sound like a fantastic read? Well, you really need to grab your copy. 

Violet Midnight (Violet Night, #1)

ISBN: 9781937254810

Amazon E-book: http://amzn.to/R1yE97

Amazon Paper: http://amzn.to/TICHVl

Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/RzVLHT

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/NrIgHg

All Romance E-Book: http://bit.ly/V8BmK8

If you haven't decided yet, you need to see this trailer:


Now you really need to grab a copy!

Once you have Violet Midnight, make sure to also check out Lynn's other books:

Wasteland (Wasteland #1): Amazon: http://amzn.to/pavzwE

Awaited (Wasteland #2): Amazon: http://amzn.to/IDvp4H

Prelude to Darkness (Wasteland #.5): Amazon: http://amzn.to/JMgGz9

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It's a big prize GIVEAWAY today!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Thank you so much for your generosity, Lynn!

This giveaway is open until Dec. 16, 2012.

If you want to share this giveaway on your blog or website, the HTML code can be found here.

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39 comments:

  1. Wow...best gift? That's a hard one. My birthday is 5 days after Christmas, so I sometimes have a hard time remembering which is which.

    I do remember getting a publisher's copy of the Adventures of Samurai Cat in a beautiful slip case. It was one of my favorite books and having it in that condition was awesome.

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    1. Ohhhh, it's tough having a b-day so close to Christmas isn't it? My b-day falls on Thanksgiving sometimes, but Christmas is tough. LOL!!! :)

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    2. Lynn the 28th of November right? Same here, its Thanksgiving for us next year. Not to happy about it lol

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    3. Yep, totally. Guess I know what I'll be eating for birthday dinner, huh? LOL!!! :)

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    4. Lol! But you can still totally request something :)

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  2. Last christmas I got A Dance with Dragons as a christmas gift:)

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  3. Thanks, Kate. What a fun series!!! :)

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  4. Hi, Lynn! What a great list of memorable gifts! I've already read your books, so not going to enter this contest - but still eagerly awaiting your next book in the Violet Night Trilogy

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season!

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    1. Thanks, KatieO!! Violet Dawn is in second round edits. So it won't be long. :) Merry Christmas

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  5. One of my favorite Christmas gifts was my Kindle last year :)

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    1. That's a GREAT GIFT!!! I love my Kindle. I just got an iPad Mini now...so I'm not using my Kindle as much since I got a Kindle App on the iPad. Love e-readers.

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  6. My fav Christmas gift was a set of Cabbage Patch Kids twins from my grandparents when I was 8 or so. My grandma knit me a bunch of extra clothes for them too

    (Suzanne Rogo)

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    1. I remember Cabbage Patch Kids. Those were quite the craze for a long while there. Awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. My favourite gift this year to give is to take my parents out for a meal. I feel they deserve a special treat =)

    My favourite gift to receive this year is the rest of my trip to NYC for Wrestlemania in April =)

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    1. Wow. NYC. I've never been. I hope to go sometime to Comic Con. Sounds like a great event. It is nice to take the parents out, isn't it? They give their kids so much, it's nice to give back!

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  8. YAY for Lynn! She's awesome! And I loe all the purpleness that is Violet Midnight :D

    Uhm, my favorite Christmas gift... hmm. I don't place a whole lot of value of material goods, but I'd have to say my Kindle. I actually got it in the February of 2011, AFTER Christmas 2010, but that was because my sister got one for Christmas, and I was supposed to as well, but I wanted to see if I would like it, based on her thoughts. So we waited for about two months, and then my parents got me a Kindle that I liked. Of course, now I want the Kindle Fire, and the Kindle Paperwhite, but I love my original Kindle. So, yeah!

    Thank you for sharing your favorite Christmas gifts! And for the giveaway! <3

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    1. Thanks, Alyssa!!! I love the purple, too. I even had purple streaks in my hair for the launch party. LOL!! Kindle is a GREAT gift, isn't it? :)

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  9. Cash! That's my favorite Christmas gift. Every year I get cash, and every year I spend it on food :P

    So maybe food's my favorite Christmas gift...?

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    1. Cash....That's a great gift. I use my cash gifts to buy books. LOL! You're shocked, I know. LOL!!! :)

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  10. Lots of meaning in those gifts, and yes, handing out the money is definitely a nice spin on giving. :) Love the meaning behind Lynn's penname.

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    1. Hi, Nicki. THANKS! Glad to know you. Merry Christmas.

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  11. The gifts wrapped in garbage bags were always the best at my grandparents house. This was before the time of giant gift bags! Garbage bag= a really great gift. My favorite contained a doll cradle hand made by my grandfather. My girls play with it now.

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    1. LOVE the Garbage bag thing. That's awesome!!!! What an awesome gift to hand down from your grandfather. I have a few of those as well. Thanks for sharing!!!

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    1. Ohhh, I bet. I love my Kindle Touch...until I got the iPad and the Kindle App! LOL

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  13. Books are always a favorite of mine! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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    1. OH yes. One of my fave gifts are gift cards to Barnes and Noble. I just go nuts when I'm in there!!

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  14. Last year I got a kitchenaid mixer :D was awesome!

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    1. NICE!!! You must like to cook/bake? I'm pretty much a fire hazard in the kitchen! LOL

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  15. Books. Always books are my favourite gifts, for any occasion. My favourite gift ever is a book I had never heard about, and that book is now one of my favourites.

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  16. I LOVE boots!!! Last year I got an awesome pair of short boots :-) And this year I got myself a pair of knee high boots :-) Hoping to get a Kindle Fire too!! :-)

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    1. Ohhh. I'm on a boot kick right now, too. I have a couple pair, but I keep eyeing some other ones I really want. LOL! Yay for the Kindle Fire!

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  17. Last Christmas my favorite gift was watching my baby girl (Then 1 years old) explore the wonders and magic of Christmas morning. Absolutely priceless <3

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    1. Oh wow! What a great experience. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  18. I really think the best Christmas gift is getting to be with my family...watching my kids and my husband while opening gifts, eating good food, and feeling all the love. :)

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